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James Randi Educational Foundation
Regarding the JREF Forum status PDF Print E-mail
Latest JREF News
Written by Sharon Hill   

 

The time for change has come. The long-running JREF online Forum at forums.randi.org is soon to head off on its own. 

JREF staff is in the midst of arranging a transition to a new owner. Various people are currently working to preserve the integrity of the forum content to the greatest extent possible with the privacy concerns of users in mind.

The JREF still retains ownership of the forum at this point.

This does not affect the randi.org website.

Due to some administrative issues that are causing problems and confusion, JREF board member Rick Adams will be taking administrative control of the Forums. This will result in temporary suspension of other admin activity, including registering new Forum users, while the confusion between administrator roles is sorted out. After the Forum is restarted, hopefully within a few hours, all moderator and posting capabilities should resume as usual and you can continue posting. It is anticipated this admin hold will last a day or two.

Further information will follow as progress occurs. 

The JREF understands that this is not a popular decision for some "Forumites" and hears your complaints loud and clear. This decision was not made lightly, and efforts are continuing to locate the forum safely to a new home. This will take some time to sort out. We ask for your understanding and patience as the problems with the forum are sorted out.

Specific comments can be addressed to sharon@randi.org

You can also follow the Twitter account for immediate updates on the status of the forum at http://twitter.com/jref

UPDATEWe have received productive feedback and suggestions, and a proposal. In five days, the JREF board will close the call for proposals. So, if you have any lingering brainstorm ideas that you wish to propose, please email to sharon@randi.org by Wednesday, August 13, at 12 noon Eastern time U.S.

(Posts on the Forum are not considered proposals.)

Then, we will proceed with the necessary steps. JREF board will make an announcement in conjunction with the party who will take over the Forum.

 

 
More TAM videos released PDF Print E-mail
Amazing Meeting
Written by Sharon Hill   

More talks and panels come your way from The Amazing Meeting 2014

Sally Satel - Fifty Shades of Gray Matter: Healthy Skepticism and the Illuminated Brain

Donald Prothero - The Mind of the Science Denier

Jamy Ian Swiss - A Year of Skeptic Win

Junk Science, Neuroscience and Psychological Science Panel - Featuring Scott Lillienfeld, Sally Satel, Carol Tavris, Robert Kurzban. Moderated by Sheldon Helms

Elizabeth Loftus - The Memory Factory

See the entire TAM2014 playlist so far on the JREF YouTube Channel. More to come!

 
Brandon Reports from Europe PDF Print E-mail
European Tour
Written by Jeff Wagg   

Brandon has been extremely busy in Europe with Randi's sold-out tour. Crowds have been large and enthusiastic. But he did have time to send off this missive and video:

Greetings, Jeff. It's late at night in Tallinn, Estonia, where Randi just lectured in the old city center at the Science Academy. The Academy is one of those glorious old estates meant to be lived in for generations, gilted walls disappearing beneath decades' worth of portraiture. (Didn't happen: A century after it was built, a bunch of scientists took it over.) This was a classier joint than we're used to, but Randi comported himself as well as you'd expect.

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Why No God? PDF Print E-mail
Challenge Correspondence
Written by Alison Smith   

cloudReceived at challenge@randi.org on 13 November 2008, unaltered except for removal of sender's name.

Hi,

I was thinking about your site, and thought what about the possibility of testing for GOD. And then coincidently I found the following article on your web site (point 2.5). It is very interesting. For the first part, GOD means different things to different people. Though most people around the world believe in some form of God, or Gods.

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There's Still Time to Take a Stand! PDF Print E-mail
James Randi
Written by James Randi   

Dear Friend, 

Every day we hear more stories of faith healers preying on the seriously ill, televangelists targeting poor communities, and psychics harassing grieving families. Fraudulent science sparks a vaccine-safety panic that puts children’s lives at risk, yet the mainstream media fans the flames for ratings instead of helping parents get the facts. Politicians seem more interested in attacking science than in prosecuting the people pushing fake bomb detectors on public safety agencies. 

If we want to see a healthier, safer, more rational world, it’s up to us to make it happen. Becoming one of the JREF's monthly donors means you want to fight for what we believe in. 

Your ongoing contribution will help educate students about critical thinking; support grassroots skeptics campaigns; and take on corporations, media organizations and celebrity hucksters that promote dangerous nonsense. 

Will you Take a Stand for Skepticism today? 

James Randi
Founder 

P.S. Please take a minute to share this message with your friends and ask them to Take a Stand for Skepticism.


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